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By Heart & Sleep Clinics of America
June 29, 2022
Category: Health
Tags: Sleep   Nutrition  

With all the many different factors that can affect your sleep, is it any wonder that what you eat and drink also has an influence? It's not always as simple as the effect that caffeine has on your body, maintaining proper nutrition can benefit you and your overall health in many ways. It is also not a simple solution to just being told to eat better, so if you need help with your nutrition you can depend on your Arlington, TX, health experts of Heart & Sleep Clinics of America with Dr. Atif Sohail.

Sleep Apnea and Other Sleep Disorders

Of the possible sleep disorders you may develop as a result of poor nutrition, or worsen as a result of it, is sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is more than just snoring at night, although snoring is certainly a symptom. With sleep apnea, your airway becomes more and more obstructed as you sleep until it closes completely and your body wakes you in order to take a breath. You may not be aware in the morning of this happening, but your body will certainly feel it, and it's a cycle that repeats many times overnight.

Obesity is a known likely cause of sleep apnea, fat deposits surrounding the respiratory tract can narrow the airway leading to sleep apnea complications.

Alcohol can also worsen sleep apnea symptoms and may lead to other sleep problems like sleepwalking and sleep talking, along with amplifying the mood and memory issues of sleep apnea.

Heartburn, whether it's sporadic or chronic, can also affect your sleep apnea symptoms as well as bring its own set of problems. Acid reflux can make it very difficult to go to sleep and it is often caused, or made worse, by eating certain foods or eating too much just before going to sleep.

Nutrition Services and Sleep Help in Arlington, TX

Your sleep and nutrition professionals can take into account every aspect of your diet, your sleep concerns, as well as your health history to develop an individualized nutrition program.

For assistance with sleep and nutrition in Arlington, TX you can schedule a consultation with Heart & Sleep Clinics of America with Dr. Sohail by dialing (817) 419-7220.

By Heart & Sleep Clinics of America
June 13, 2022
Category: Heart Conditions
Tags: Heart Disease  

It's a grim statistic that is quoted often, how heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States with about half of Americans at risk and with numbers constantly rising. But as deadly as heart disease can be, for most, even those exposed to the different risk factors, it may be possible to prevent or manage the condition with the help of your Arlington, TX, cardiologist. Learn more about heart disease and what you can do to protect yourself by reaching out to Heart & Sleep Clinics of America with Dr. Atif Sohail.

Types of Heart Disease and Symptoms

Heart disease typically encompasses a range of heart-related conditions that can negatively impact the regular function of your cardiovascular system. Conditions that can affect the rhythm of your heartbeat, the ability of your arteries to provide blood to your extremities, can damage the integrity of the heart.

Because these are different types of conditions they each can manifest equally varied signs and symptoms. Some of the most common can include chest pain, shortness of breath, rapid heartbeats, fatigue, and fever, among others. But if you experience any of them it's always a good idea to speak with your doctor.

Heart Disease Treatment in Arlington, TX

To diagnose heart disease, specifically the type that is ailing you, your doctor will take into account your symptoms, and your risk factors, including family and medical history, and perform a physical examination. Blood tests and other noninvasive examinations, such as imaging tests, will usually also be performed. More invasive tests may be called for if there isn't a conclusive outcome to other types of tests.

Treatment often involves a change of lifestyle along with the use of medication that can treat or manage your condition.

If you are looking to prevent heart disease complications you can schedule a consultation in Arlington, TX, with Heart & Sleep Clinics of America with Dr. Sohail by dialing (817) 419-7220.

By Heart & Sleep Clinics of America
June 10, 2022
Category: Cardiology Care
Tags: Echocardiography  

Echocardiography, commonly referred to as echocardiogram, is a diagnostic medical procedure for examining the heart. Echocardiography aids in monitoring or diagnosing certain heart conditions such as atrial fibrillation or congenital heart disease. Dr. Atif Sohail, the board-certified cardiologist at Heart & Sleep Clinics of America in Arlington, TX, performs echocardiography and can determine if you need one.

When is Echocardiography Needed?

An echocardiography test helps doctors measure the shape and size of the heart, as well as monitor blood flow through the valves and chambers. The procedure aids in the diagnosis of various heart-related conditions, including heart murmurs, heart infections, congenital heart disease, and atrial fibrillation. Echocardiography also allows cardiologists to examine the condition of the heart muscles after a heart attack.

A cardiologist can determine if echocardiography is needed based on factors such as current symptoms and medical history. Individuals who have suffered a heart attack or stroke are likely to need an echocardiogram. Patients with certain cardiovascular conditions, such as abnormal heart valves or pulmonary hypertension, are also more likely to need one.

The Echocardiogram Procedure

There are two methods for performing an echocardiography test, standard, and trans-thoracic echo. Both types are performed as out-patient procedures. Additionally, there is little to no recovery time following an echocardiogram so patients can return to their normal routine almost immediately.

Most patients at our heart clinic in Arlington, TX, undergo the standard echocardiography test, which is quicker and less invasive. A standard echocardiogram is painless. During the procedure, a chest probe is placed along the ribcage and upper abdomen for capturing sonogram images of the heart. In some cases, an IV injection of contrast liquid might be required to obtain better images.

A trans-thoracic echocardiogram test takes a bit longer and is a little more complicated. Patients can be placed under conscious sedation, if needed, to help them relax and remain comfortable throughout the procedure. To begin, the back of the throat is numbed and a probe is gently placed inside the esophagus. More in-depth imaging of the heart can be obtained through this type of test since the probe is positioned inside the body in close proximity to the heart.

Echocardiography provides invaluable information about the condition of the heart that can be used to develop tailored recommendations for improving cardiovascular health. For questions about echocardiography in Arlington, TX, schedule a consultation with Dr. Sohail by calling Heart & Sleep Clinics of America at (817) 419-7220.

By Heart & Sleep Clinics of America
March 29, 2022
Category: Cardiology Care
Tags: Heart Disease  

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women throughout the United States. There are different factors that can put you at a higher risk of heart disease and it’s important to discuss your history with your cardiologist so that they can help create a treatment and lifestyle plan that can help you prevent heart disease from occurring. Dr. Atif Sohail at Heart & Sleep Clinics of America in Arlington, TX, can help determine your risk of heart disease and work on ways to keep you healthy and your heart strong.

Determining Your Risk for Heart Disease

There are different factors in both your medical history and your lifestyle that can put you at a higher risk for developing heart disease. Heart disease can include heart attacks, congestive heart failure, strokes, or coronary artery disease.

Some common risk factors associated with heart disease can include:

  • Weight gain
  • Pain medications
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Energy drink consumption
  • GERD
  • Heart arrhythmia
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Family history of heart disease

Heart disease can occur in both men and women, so it’s important to discuss your risks with your cardiologist. If your cardiologist in Arlington, TX, determines that your risk of heart disease is higher, there are some changes that they may suggest you make. This can include lifestyle changes, such as reducing the amount of alcohol or caffeine that you intake and including a healthy diet and exercise regimen. They may also prescribe medications to prevent heart disease, or in severe cases, surgery might be needed.

Contact Your Cardiologist Today!

It’s important that you understand what your risk for heart disease is. Contact Dr. Atif Sohail at Heart & Sleep Clinics of America in Arlington, TX, to learn about factors that can cause heart disease and how you can prevent it from occurring to you. Call for more information today at (817) 419-7220.

By Heart & Sleep Clinics of America
March 07, 2022
Category: Sleep Disorders
Tags: Sleep Apnea  

How your doctor in Arlington, TX, can help you get relief from sleep apnea.

Have you been told you snore every night? If so, it could be due to sleep apnea, a medical condition with potentially serious consequences. There is help for your snoring, and treatment if you have sleep apnea.

Dr. Atif Sohail at Heart & Sleep Clinics Of America in Arlington, TX, offers a wide range of medical services, including diagnosis and treatment of sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea is caused by the tissue at the back of your throat relaxing while you sleep. The relaxed tissue can partially or completely block your airway, resulting in low oxygen supply to your vital organs, including your heart and brain.

Untreated sleep apnea can lead to:

  • Developing heart disease
  • Having a stroke
  • Becoming diabetic
  • Developing memory problems
  • Chronic high blood pressure

So, how can you tell sleep apnea from just normal snoring? These are some of the signs and symptoms of sleep apnea you need to pay attention to:

  • Frequent, loud snoring
  • Having a headache when you first wake up
  • Having a dry sore throat when you wake up
  • Suddenly waking up gasping or choking
  • Feeling groggy or sleepy during the daytime
  • Having difficulty concentrating and focusing

The first step in sleep apnea treatment is having a sleep study. It’s a simple way to determine if you have sleep apnea or another sleep disorder.

Once a diagnosis of sleep apnea is made, your doctor may recommend these options to help you sleep better at night:

Wearing a CPAP (Continuous Positive Air Pressure) machine; this device provides a steady stream of oxygen throughout the night, which you breathe in by wearing a face mask.

Wearing an Oral Mandibular Advancement Appliance; this is a small dental appliance you wear in your mouth. It holds your lower jaw forward, keeping your airway open while you sleep.

Don’t let sleep apnea shorten your life. Seek out treatment to help protect your health. To find out more about the diagnosis and treatment of sleep apnea, talk with an expert. Call Dr. Atif Sohail at Heart & Sleep Clinics Of America in Arlington, TX. You can reach him in the office by calling (817) 419-7220, so call now.

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